Commenting on the shadow schools minister Stephen Morgan’s call for the Government to ‘act now’ to prevent chaos for schools in the new year, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

"Labour is absolutely right to call upon the Government to 'act now' so we can avoid a repeat of the chaos that schools had to endure at the start of 2021. Rolling out vaccinations to as many eligible children as possible in the next couple of weeks, as well as ensuring that all adults can access their booster, will help minimise disruption to children's education, as will a focus on testing and ventilation. The Government has already squandered so many opportunities to improve ventilation in schools and right now that task is more urgent than ever."